Obituary for Patricia Joan Dales (Higgins)
Dales, Patricia Joan
Celebrated artist, gourmet, shepherd, breeder of award winning golden retrievers, brilliant business manager, nurse, loving wife and mother, Joan passed away in the Great War Memorial Hospital in Perth on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her parents Jean (McKinnon) and Joseph Higgins and daughter Mary Ann Hanet-Martinovic. As the cherished wife of Dr. Thomas Dales, together they built their dream, Goldendale, a sheep farm, veterinary practice, home to raise their dogs, their produce, the inspiration for many of her wonderful paintings, and now a vineyard. She was the loved mother of Robert (Christine) Hanet, Richard Hanet (Rahel-Leigh Peckett) and grandmother of Zoey Martinovic, Justin Hanet (Cara Thomson), and Senna Peckett-Hanet. She will be fondly remembered by brother Peter (Ida) Higgins, and nephews Ben, Geoff and Matt, and family, as well as her extended family Tim (Jaina) Dales, Dani, Wes and Mackenzie as well as Deborah Dales and the Hanet family of Toronto. She loved Christie Lake where she summered when she was a youth and again with her children when young, as well as all the friends and family there. Joan will be remembered as tough and determined, not only in her courageous battle with cancer, but through her life and challenges, always taking on and excelling at her vocation, whatever she chose it to be. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. West, Thursday November 16th, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Funeral service will be held in the Chapel Friday at 10:30 A.M. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. In remembrance of Joan those wishing are asked to consider a memorial donation to the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation or their local Cancer Society.